This post was months in the making and took two interns and myself to put together. I get so many questions regarding sweeteners, like "which is the best?," "can I actually give stevia to my kids?," "are these artificial sweeteners so bad?" and hopefully I helped answer these questions in the infographic above.
And yes, stevia is totally safe and wonderful to give to your children, but I still encourage you wean them off of a sweet dependence and encourage more savory and earthy vegetable-based meals more often.
And yes, artificial sweeteners are really really so bad for you and your family so please read food labels (on even innocent items like your toothpaste and chewing gum) and avoid these chemicals as much as possible.
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